A nice rain fell earlier this week. It did some good, but only had 1/4 inch of moisture. Hot! Hot!  Hot! Summer has certainly arrived!

THURSDAY, JULY 19  – The concert in Sandstone Park with the Eric Yates Band at 6:30 p.m. Bring your chairs, blanket, snacks, and enjoy. The concerts are held every Thursday evening through August 23. Next week, on July 26, is Sally Van Meter and friends. Should be a great band.  See you there!

SATURDAY, JULY 21 - The free art show opening reception at Town Hall gets underway at 6:30 p.m. It will include the art show, community tapas potluck, and a courtyard musicians' jam led by the Michelle Allen trio (All musicians and instruments are welcome!) Bring a dish to share and enjoy the mighty fine art and music!

All folks are invited to stop by the square dance at the Lyons Elementary School gym this Saturday evening, July 21, around 8:30 p.m., to wish Mrs. LaVern “Happy birthday,” having made it

another year! Just walk in the gym and have a piece of birthday cake. The Rocky Mountain Squares of Lakewood are the hosts. This Saturday, the Red Rock Ramblers Saturday square dance will feature Jerry Junck of Wayne, NE calling, and Bill Holm, of Pasco, WA, cueing. Rounds start at 7 p.m. A good crowd enjoyed dancing to Mike Sikorsky of Mesa, AZ, and Arlin Sample of Greely, CO.

Out-of-state visitors were from Cheyenne, Laramie, Gering, WY, and Scotts Bluff, NE, as well as twenty Colorado towns. The Foot ‘n Fiddle Club of Loveland were the hosts. You have to know Modern Western square dancing to participate, but visitors are welcome, and you can take lessons this fall.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, JULY 27 TO 29 is the RockyGrass Festival at Planet Bluegrass. Things are supposed to be changed for the better for the Lyons residents. Festivarians are to park and camp on the the old Williams property to the southwest of Planet Bluegrass, walk down the south side of the highway, cross at the crosswalk with a patrolman, and go to the facility. Will they? Will this lessen the congestion in Lyons where no one could find a parking place for blocks around to go shopping, etc? Or will they continue to crowd the downtown parking and walk from the east? This is the test! Four to five thousand Festivarians will be pouring into Lyons from near and far! 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 -  Antique quilt show, with a professional speaker on quilts at Rogers Hall from 1 to 3 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the Lyons Oral History Video Project.

The fundraiser will include the display of many antique quilts from Lyons families. A national quilt collector and expert will speak about them. The families can also tell the background of their quilt.

There will be a silent auction. The donation is $10.

Contact Kathleen for more information about the event or if you have any antique quilts you would like to display. Kathleen Spring can be reach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or leave a message at the Redstone Museum (303) 823-5271.

This is Quilt Day as the Lyons Quilting store will be hanging over 100 modern quilts at their store this day from 9-4 pm.

On Thursday, September 13, Governor John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries will visit Lyons and view the flood recovery efforts on the fifth anniversary of the 2013 Flood. We invite all to join our Kazoo Band (bring an instrument, drum, etc. and join in) to recognize our coach and teacher Gerald Boland, who lost his life in the flood. Flood and recovery stories will be gathered by Priscilla Cohan to continue our flood book. Start now. Type up what happened to you during the flood and what and how you have recovered. Send them to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned!

Also, start thinking now of some of the events, meetings, and happenings from 1948 to 1970 when we finally passed a bond issue for the new Lyons High School (Built in 1974; so I guess we can stop calling it the “new” high school since it is forty-four years old). We would like to record the information for history’s sake. Send information to: Lavern921@apolcom.

Enjoy beautiful Lavern Johnson Park while getting an awesome workout! This class is for teens and adults who want to work hard and have fun. We will use the grass, benches, trails, playground equipment, etc., for a full body workout. Modifications will be demonstrated so all can work at their own ability. All levels are welcome. We ask that you bring a pair of lightweight dumbbells, a towel or yoga mat, and water. Make-up classes are allowed. Location may vary based on park events, and participants will be notified. Age: 16+; fee: $80 (priced at $10 per class); dates: August 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; time: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.; location: LaVern Johnson Park; Instructor: Jimi Alida; class size: minimum 6 and maximum 20.

STILL TIME to sign up for the Lyons Lions Club annual golf tournament fundraiser to be held on Monday, August 6, at the Lake Valley Golf Course. Looking for golfers and hole sponsors. Pick up an application at Clark’s Hardware. Thanks to all those who have sponsored a hole at the tournament. This is the Lions Club’s main fundraiser. The Lions Club invites folks to join their service club for the good of the Lyons community. See Lon Clark at the hardware store.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is now open daily through the end of September. Visitors at the museum this past week were from: Somerset, England, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; South Hampton, NJ; New England, Scottsdale, AZ; Vermillion, SD; Richland, WA; Anoka, MN; Johnson City, TN; as well as several area towns.

GARAGE SALES are coming soon! Leave your “stuff” on the patio at 306 Evans (no electronics).  Thank You!

The July birthdays will be celebrated on Friday, July 27, at 12:15 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center after lunch. All those with July birthdays are invited to attend.
Thanks to the Lyons Community Church for Monday’s meal. The LDS Church will serve the senior meal on Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self. All seniors are invited. Bistro Lunches are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self. The cost is $3 for seniors, 60+ years. You must call (303) 441-1415 to reserve by noon the day before to ensure an accurate count. A potluck dinner will be held on Monday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share.

FREE SENIOR EXERCISE CLASES (ages 50+) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self.

THE 2017 GOOD OLD DAYS celebration honored LaVern and the LaVern M. Johnson Park as a flood recovery project with gobs of people pouring into its parking, shelters, camping, tents, and swimming hole. They have already wore out the zip-line and the splash pad feature. It is indeed an honor to have such a wonderful park named after me, longtime (70 years) on the parks committee, etc. Yes, we made lots of accomplishments on the Lyons parks through the years, which are now exceeding their capacity, and the Mayor and Town Board have passed some rules and controls.
However, this park has always been busy, as there is no place to picnic from Longmont to Estes Park, except Meadow Park. Now it is even more glamorous. We are proud of our park and ask people to respect them, clean up your trash, take care of them, and don’t ruin them. Again thank you for the honor.

Larry and Mimi Elmore are entertaining a family from Scotland. With an eight year old who has been going tubing! 

Farewell to Nancy Arp, a longtime child care operator in Lyons. She has sold her home in Lyons, and is having a new home built at Eaton, close to her son and his family. The dozens of families wish to thank her for the years of child care. Nancy was greatly impacted by the flood, the house was filled with water, her fence was washed out, and she had a hard time getting a permit for a new fence to re-open her child care business. (Which took several fierce confluence meetings when John O’Brien was Mayor.) Nice to know you, Nancy. Best wishes on your new adventure.

The Evans Street residents celebration/block party last Saturday night was well attended, with lots of bands, food by Kahlee Sue, and camaraderie. A good way to get acquainted with our neighbors.  Thanks to organizers Kahlee Sue and Ian Brighton.  

THE POETRY PROGRAM at the museum last Tuesday evening was well attended. Ten area poets read  their poems. Most were about our small town, Lyons, Colorado. The poems read were: “Trying to Reconcile Nurture and Nature by the St. Vrain River” - Cristina Trapani-Scott; “Poetry of Lyons” - Bertha Ramey; “Summer time” - Martin Soosloff; “The Land of Peace” - Mrs Daisy F. Baber; “To the Class of ‘39” - Bertha Ramey; “Mother Patching” - Mrs. Jack Burton; “Lyons Mountains” - Isabelle Vasquez; “Photos on fire 2002” - Kathleen Spring; “The Panther’s Tail” - Jack Moomaw; “A song of the Mountains” - Evelyn Moore; “This Town is Your Town” - LaVern Johnson; “Living in Lyons” -  j. willie; “Nature Caused Run” - Coco Gordon; “The Jewel of the Front Range” - Sapan Rinpoche (founder of LIPS); “To the Golden Gang by Max Klinger” - Carol Pranschke; “Small Town Stew” - Kitty Keim; “Lyons-Not So Long Ago” - Golda Huss (with a musical interlude “The Golden Gang Song” by Vance French); “The Ballad of Mrs. LaVern” - Tamara Haddad. It was a lovely event enjoyed by a nice crowd on the Redstone Museum lawn. Thank you to Kathleen Spring for putting on this program.

THE JULY CHAMBER SOCIAL was held at the Lyons Redstone Museum earlier this week. Guided tours of the museum, meeting, and snacks. All businesses were invited.

THE TASTE OF LYONS – WITH A SIDE OF HAZEL at Planet Bluegrass last week was outstanding. The music, as well as the food by local caterers and restaurants. The auction/paddle raiser led by Holly Beck and Tanya Daty was very successful. The evening brought in $40,000 for the Lyons Regional Library!  Caterers were: Spice of Life, Greens Point, Mojo Taqueria, The Greenbriar, La Mariposa, Oskar Blues, Pizza Bar 66, SNACK, and others.

The Lyons Regional Library will begin construction soon. Katherine Crane of the Library Board gave the specifics and thanked Richard Ralston and all for their  generous support. Our thanks to all who donated time and money.

The ninth annual Rocky Mountain Old Time Festival was held at Parrish Ranch in Berthoud, with Ellen Rosenburg and friends. Concerts, food, square dancing, and lots of fun! The Parrish Ranch is a unique spot, with area for camping, singing, square dancing, hiking, etc. It is located near Carter Lake and was first owned by the Parrish family, whose son Vaughn, was one of the first full-time square dance callers for the Red Rock Ramblers sixty years ago. His wife, Jean, and their three children, Terry, Gary, and Kay lived there, and son Terry now operates the ranch. A delight to have such a facility just over-the-hill from Lyons.

A WELCOME BREAKFAST for KC Groves’ mother, Carol Eagan from Raton, New Mexico, was held Sunday morning at the home of Chrystal DeCoster, so she could meet some of the ladies of Lyons.  A delightful gathering were we all got acquainted with each other. 


Vance held an open house for his 63rd birthday on Sunday with many acquaintances stopping by. He came to visit his sister in Longmont, from his home in Texas fifteen years ago; got out of the car, breathed the clean dry air, and “never went home.” He loves it here; has done his part by singing and playing the piano at gatherings and was a member of the Golden Gang. His sister a school teacher in Milliken, is now returning to Texas to take care of their parents, ages 84 and 87. His roommate at is Sonny Smith. Happy birthday Vance.

MARRIAGES - Mark Allen Powers and Sally Kennedy Packer of Lyons were married on May 1. Our congratulations.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cathy Gleesing O’Dell, Annie Olson, Mark Brodie, Dane Borie, Cassie King, Nikki (Stetson) Knapton, Katie Sue Montgomery, Denna Wilson Johnson, Renee Haip, Jeff Cornell, Wendy Thompson Todd, Rachael Tallent, Cindy Frysig, Jasey Sutak, Wm. Weeks, Blakely Knapton, Peter Dobbs, Samantha Ribble Schott, Joseph Lekarczyk, Chastidee Bulkovatz, LaVern Johnson, and Jeremy Matson.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Juli and Kevin Waugh (twenty years).

We are saddened at the Death of Brian Allen Poe, who died suddenly while camping with his family in Allenspark. The service was held in Loveland at the LifeBridge Center, with burial in Lyons.   He is survived by his wife, Ellie, seven children, and ten grandchildren, and his sister Terri, of Tucson, AZ. He will be sadly missed.

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